“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

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I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Africa. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and India for a year, and lived in Colorado. Read more on my About Me page.

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Musings

Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go

I've been back from Asia for a month now, living at my parent's house in Michigan. I am by far the happiest I've ever been at home. Readjusting last time after a long spell abroad was more difficult- I felt listless, bored and irritated with the return of bad habits...

A Big 2014: Goals for the New Year

Wow, 2013. What a year. To be honest this resolution post has changed so many times I wasn't even sure I should publish it. So many things I thought I wanted to achieve: becoming a certified translator, attaining professional fluency in French, moving to San...

What I Miss (and Don't Miss) about Living in France

Ah, France. The country that I called home for nearly a year. The land I tearfully left almost four months ago. There was so much about living in France that was lovely; I particularly miss all the French goodies that are difficult to procure here in Asia, like wine,...

Latest blog posts

Want to improve your vocabulary? Start a wordboard

This will probably come as no surprise given how much I read, but I love words. I love reading any words that are beautifully strung together, whether it's in the form of poetry or foreign languages or rap music. Hearing an articulate person speak is like music to me,...

My First Impressions of Uganda

I've only been in Kampala, Uganda, for a week and I'm already head over heels. I like it so much that when people ask me, "How are you liking Kampala so far?" I have to hold back from gushing about all the reasons I'm so enamored. For those who don't know, I moved to...

Highlights of a Week in England

England holds a special place in my heart. I love the pubs, the dry humor, the thousands of years of history. It's also a very unique country. Where else would you overhear a middle-aged man on the train talking about how he's 'very fussy' with his tea sandwiches?...